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Another Day in Paradise (1998)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  1999 (Austria)
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In the hope of a big score, two junkie couples team up to commit various drug robberies which go disastrously wrong leading to dissent, violence and murder.

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Reverend
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Danny
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Clem
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Bobbie is an addict and small-time thief. When one of his jobs goes bad, Mel is called in to patch him up. Mel offers him a chance at a bigger score. Over time, Mel and his girlfriend Sid become almost like parents to Bobbie and his girlfriend Rosie, but this can't last. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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We live at the abyss.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,900 (USA) (1 January 1999)

Gross:

$1,025,234 (USA) (9 April 1999)
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This was the final movie to receive the famous "Two Thumbs Up" from film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. See more »

Goofs

When Vincent Kartheiser, alone in a toilet cubicle, climbs into the roof cavity through the overhead access hole. The hand of a crew member can be seen coming up from bottom of frame, giving him a boost. See more »

Quotes

Sid: I'm no role model. I'm a junkie and a thief.
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Referenced in Stuart Little 2 (2002) See more »

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If I Lose Your Love
Written by Abrim Tilmon Jr, James Mitchell Jr
Performed by Sam Moore
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powerful realism
22 June 2002 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most disturbing, pessimistic, and overall depressing films I've ever seen -- naturally I loved it. It affected me powerfully. The camera work/artistic shot set-ups, along with the dark color quality set the tone for the whole movie. Not at all like the unappetizing "Kids," director Larry Clark's first feature, this movie is constantly shocking, but not just for the sake of shock value. It's unashamedly graphic in a way that most contemporary films avoid, making it cuttingly real. It also stands apart from most big heist movies, because it is character- rather than plot-driven.

James Woods is fantastic as always, and even Melanie Griffith (not one of my faves) is very well cast. The young Vincent Kartheiser, however, as a teen runaway turned junkie/petty criminal, steals the show. The camera loves him, and his adolescent volatility is painfully believable. I wasn't as much of a fan of Natasha Gregson Wagner, as Kartheiser's girlfriend, but even she surprised me with her dramatic final sequence.

WARNING: this movie is not for the faint of heart. I am personally a fan of anything that breaks new ground, or that defies convention. This film does both. But it is extremely graphic.


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